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ERIC Number: EJ811441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Strengthening the Preparation of Early Childhood Teacher Candidates through Performance-Based Assessments
Adams, Suzanne K.; Wolf, Kenneth
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v29 n1 p6-29 Jan 2008
Performance-based assessments require teacher candidates to demonstrate proficiency on specific teaching tasks and apply knowledge in authentic settings. This article describes the development and use of performance-based assessments (PBAs) for advancing the learning and evaluation of teacher candidates in an early childhood special education teacher preparation program. Teacher candidates completed PBAs under supervision during culminating practica experiences at three age levels (infant/toddler, preschool, and primary practicum). Methods for determining proficiency on national (Council for Exceptional Children) and state (Colorado teacher licensure) standards are described, along with the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of PBAs. Performance-based assessment data over a 5-year period indicate teacher candidate performance meeting and exceeding national standards and state licensure requirements. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado